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This newsletter is where I will inform you of important events and updates about the Bridgers family.

Over the years I have traveled all over the country meeting readers, teachers, students and librarians and talking to them about the writing process and my own books. Some of my upcoming appearances include the following:

Oct. 4-5, 2002. 20th Annual Author Symposium; Little Rock, Arkansas. Speaker.

November 17-22, 2002. John C. Campbell Folk School. Teacher. "Write Right Now!" (This writing class is held at the 70 year old school in Brasstown, North Carolina. Patterned after the Danish "folkehojskol," the Folk School's curriculum offers a variety of learning experiences throughout the year, including weaving, blacksmithing, flyfishing, painting, music, writing, etc.)

November 23, 2002. NCTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. (I will be doing a workshop with Dr. Mary Warren and others on the theme "Revising What Teens Read: Guiding Adolescents in the Search for Meaning.")

December 2-6, 2002 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, N.C. Seminar: BOOKS BOUND TO BE READ

March 5-7, 2003 Texas A&M University, Texarkana, Tx.

April 9-11, 2003. Youngstown State University English Festival. Speaker. (I attended the Festival's 20th anniversary and look forward to participating in the 25th this year. This is a wonderful three day event during which thousands of students hear writers, conduct interviews, participate in contests, write essays and have a great time.)

Upcoming publications:
I contributed an essay to LOST MASTERWORKS OF YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE, edited by Connie Zitlow and published by The Scarecrow Press in 2002. This is a collection of 26 esssays about books that are either out of print or neglected by promoters of Y.A. literature.

I contributed an essay to READING THEIR WORLD, edited by Virginia Monseau & Gary Salvner, published by Boynton/Cook Publishers. A second edition of this book has been recently published.

I have also contributed to Joan Kaywell's LETTERS OF HOPE, a collection of letters to writers written by young readers (with names of readers and schools changed). These letters are from children who feel alienated and have responded to their reading by sharing some of their feelings with the author. Writers responding to a letter include Chris Crutcher, Jerry Spinelli, and Patricia Hermes. LETTERS OF HOPE will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2003.